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Jun 09, 2012 16:32 |  #1

The lens is great, it's crazy light. is it $4000 greater than the version I? I dunno, you'll have to answer that one yourself.

Will the new series II supertele's replace the 800mm 5.6 IS? Not in my book. Some people are saying the 800 will be obsolete due to the 600 version II and 2.0x iii. Well if the AF on the 600 ii is anything like that of the 500 ii w/ the 2.0x iii then i highly doubt it as it seems to slow focusing down quite a bit.

My opinion, my 800mm is not going anywhere. I think the 500mm II is going to supplement it quite nicely.

Also, all of you who are planning on using the 1dx and double stacking 1.4x teleconverters, it's a very very jittery combo. I'd just hang onto a 1d IV.

So onto the shots, these aren't the greatest, but the conditions were kinda harsh. Also these do not have a lot of post done to them.

500 ii w/ 1.4x iii

IMAGE: http://www.holzphotoclient.com/Other/500ii/i-FZG3Vhv/1/XL/AV8C9627-XL.jpg

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500 ii w/ 2.0x iii

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bare 500 ii

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Jun 09, 2012 19:58 |  #2

Congrats on your new purchase -- you are one of the lucky ones to get your hands on this new beast. Looking forward to some additional photos and lens feedback.


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Jun 09, 2012 21:11 |  #3

Congrats on the lens!

Wow, those look suh-weet!! Even with the 2x TC.

I think if anything would challenge the 800mm f/5.6L I.S. it would be the 600mm f/4L I.S. II + 1.4x III T.C. making it a 840mm f/5.6L I.S. with AF.


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Jun 09, 2012 21:35 |  #4

Canonwhitelenserule lenses. From what i have seen, the 500 ii + 1.4x < 800mm bare. The image qaulity is very close, but the AF is not quite as fast. I would guess this is how it will be w/ the 600 ii. I believe canon has said the series iii tele's would slow down AF.


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Jun 09, 2012 23:45 |  #5

bigcountry wrote in post #14556746 (external link)
Canonwhitelenserule lenses. From what i have seen, the 500 ii + 1.4x < 800mm bare. The image qaulity is very close, but the AF is not quite as fast. I would guess this is how it will be w/ the 600 ii. I believe canon has said the series iii tele's would slow down AF.

Ahh ok, good to know, thanks.

I was thinking more along the lines of versatility. Having the 600 plus the 1.4x would likely be a bit more versatile than the 800 alone. (If one could only afford one or the other.)

Hey, I'd be satisfied with either. :lol:


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Jun 10, 2012 04:03 |  #6

Thanks for sharing this bigcountry, looking great, hope to pick one up pretty soon.......




  
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Jun 10, 2012 04:06 as a reply to  @ hypers2k's post |  #7

Wow, tack sharp even with tc's......Canon hit the nail on the head with this one.

I've been pondering a super-tele over 500 for a while now and this may be the one.


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Jun 10, 2012 06:55 |  #8

If you plan on traveling this one will def be the easiest to transport.


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Jun 10, 2012 12:07 |  #9

Looks like it's time to add another lens to the list in the Lens Sample Photo Archive!


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Jul 02, 2012 15:56 |  #10

more shots w/ the awesome 500 ii. Here is one area where my 800 can't match the 500 ii, this American Gold Finch was about 13' from me.

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Jul 02, 2012 16:05 as a reply to  @ bigcountry's post |  #11

Wow, those are beautiful Gold finch photos. If you did not own the 800mm would you have chosen the 600mm over the 500mm? Or do you feel the ability to hand hold the new 500mm makes it more useful?


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Jul 02, 2012 16:10 |  #12

Probably will would've went w/ the 500 ii, although honestly who knows. I've owned many 500 and 600's going back and forth from one to the other and took one of my greatest photos w/ the 600 and 2x ii.

I doubt i can go back and forth between the 500 ii and the 600 ii since the price is so high.

But this new 500 is a dream. 7 lbs! I took these finch shots w/ the 7D, so i have an equivalent focal length of 800mm. This is def going to be my lightweight travel setup.

Don't get me wrong, if you need 800mm, the bare 800 L can't be matched, but for hiking, traveling when weight is crucial, etc the 500 ii cannot be beat.


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I like how the bokeh matches the golden bird.


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Jul 02, 2012 16:13 |  #14

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Probably will would've went w/ the 500 ii, although honestly who knows. I've owned many 500 and 600's going back and forth from one to the other and took one of my greatest photos w/ the 600 and 2x ii.

I doubt i can go back and forth between the 500 ii and the 600 ii since the price is so high.

But this new 500 is a dream. 7 lbs! I took these finch shots w/ the 7D, so i have an equivalent focal length of 800mm. This is def going to be my lightweight travel setup.

Don't get me wrong, if you need 800mm, the bare 800 L can't be matched, but for hiking, traveling when weight is crucial, etc the 500 ii cannot be beat.

I am trying to save for either the new 500mm or the 600mm but I will only be able to have one! I am going to keep my 300mm. I just keep going back and forth between the It is a hard choice!


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Jul 02, 2012 16:15 |  #15

if keeping the 300mm i'd really think about the 600mm. but it's a tough tough choice, especially when you spending that much money.

the think about the 300mm is it takes teleconverters so well, that it is a very versatile lightweight lens as well. So what do you do? I hate to be in your shoes as you'll probably be pulling your hair out trying to decide.


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